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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Beltran Finally Makes Impact

In his first start since coming off the 15-day DL, Carlos Beltran finally showed why the Giants sent their top pitching prospect to the New York Mets for the All-Star right fielder.

Beltran had his best day as a Giant, hitting a Tim Stauffer sinker on a line into the arcade above the right field wall. Beltran finished the day 2-4 with his first home run since July 20th, and it couldn't have come at a better time. The Giants got yet another outstanding performance out of their ace right hander, as Timmy shut down the surging offensive juggernaut that are the San Diego Padres. Although they've had a down year all the way around, ever since the Padres inserted former Giant farmhand Jesus Guzman into their lineup, they've turned into a team to be reckoned with when at the plate. Not to mention, they always seem to play their best ball against the Giants, but Lincecum had their bats quiet all night, going 8 strong innings, allowing just 4 hits with 7 strikeouts. The one number that was a little high for Timmy and cost him his shot at a complete game were the 5 free passes he handed out to San Diego. Outside of that, he was his typical Timmy self, and if you take away that little blooper down the right field line that Beltran nearly came up with, he would have had his shutout. In this save situation, Boch went with Santiago Cassilla, and there aren't many relievers in baseball having the type of year Cassilla is, so I'd expect to see him stick in that role until Wilson or Romo return. If your wondering about Heath Bell, who the Giants claimed off waivers yesterday from San Diego, I wouldn't expect him to head north to San Fran. They did it more so to block him from Arizona rather than take him for themselves. He certainly would make the bullpen freakishly strong, especially if Wilson comes back strong soon, but he won't come cheaply.

The other standout offensively on Wednesday night was Brandon Belt, who continues to impress with the more consistent playing time he's getting. He played left field and did so in front of perhaps the greatest left fielder of all time, certainly the best in Giants history, in attendance. Barry Bonds was in the first row next to the Giants dugout and was getting about as much camera time and attention from fans as the actual ballgame itself, and just maybe he is the Giants good luck charm. The new left fielder had another multi-hit game, going 2-3 with a double and a run scored. Belt's average is slowly but surely climbing, and he's now sitting at .243, so it's good to see Bochy recognizing that and making it a point to get the giraffe into the lineup. He's again in the lineup Thursday night and hitting in the 7th hole. Also in a new spot in the lineup is shortstop Orlando Cabrera, who I've been lobbying for to get a shot in the leadoff spot. He got on just one time in 4 at-bats Wednesday, but I just think he's a much better option there than guys like Rowand, Ross and Mike Fontenot. Bochy again has Cabrera in the leadoff spot Thursday, so he's another guy to keep an eye on to see if he could possibly be the Giants answer at leadoff where they've been below league average all year long. With a few days left for waiver trades to go down, I'd love to see the Giants snag a center fielder/leadoff man, so hopefully Torres returns strong, or Cabrera works out, cause you don't win a division or get very far in October if your leadoff guy is hitting .230.

Why Heath Bell Won't Be a Giant: Like I said at the top of the post, I highly suspect the Giants only had intentions of keeping Bell away from Arizona by claiming him, but it just so happens, they could actually use a guy like Bell right about now. Still though, San Diego is looking at two supplemental picks if they hang onto him and he inks elsewhere this winter, but the risk there for SD is that he accepts arbitration and wins $15+ million. So there is incentive for the Pads to deal him rather than risk him accepting arbitration, but they'd still want at least one top prospect, a la Eric Surkamp or a Gary Brown-type guy, and he's just not worth it for a month rental.
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6 Comments:

  • At 8:40 PM, Anonymous J-Bill said…

    JD Martinez is becoming the new Scott Hairston to the Giants. He absolutely kills us.

    I hope the offense can come alive tonight to support Vogey, he's pitching really well.

     
  • At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I hate to say it, but I think the Giants are done. After watching them get shut down by the guy they just dealt away was brutal to watch. Unless they have a crazy September I think AZ starts creeping away with this thing. It's sad too because the D-Backs aint all that good, but the Giants have just hit a wall in teh 2nd half.

     
  • At 9:13 PM, Blogger Trevor Cole said…

    I understand that injuries are killing the Giants right now, but I don't believe Mark DeRosa should any longer be an option for this team. I don't think he's gotten a hit since he's come off the DL and he certainly hasn't looked good at the plate.

    The G's don't have a bunch of options for his spot, but I'd give Brett Pill a look see or possibly even Connor Gillaspie to give Pablo some rest. Pill is interesting though, as he's having the best year of any Giants minor leaguer (.310/24/104 in AAA). Plus, he can play a little 2nd as well as outfield and is a fine 1st basemen. He's actually been a very underrated player in this organization and is still pretty young at 26 even though it seems like he's been there for 10 years.

    Speaking of the PCL, We'll have a Minor League Report in our post on Friday!

     
  • At 9:31 PM, Blogger Trevor Cole said…

    WOW!

    You know it's going really bad when J.A. Happ and his 6.27 era/1.72 WHIP holds to the Giants to 1 earned and 4 hits over 6 innings. Yesterday it was Henry Sosa, and today J.A. Happ. Two Triple-A starters who the Giants have made look like all-stars. Luckily MadBum was a little better, now it's up to the Wilson/Romo-less bullpen!

     
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  • At 4:21 PM, Anonymous PLuda said…

    I think the key to the team will be Beltran and Sandoval. Beltran has been there before, having one of the best post-seasons any player has ever had with the Houston Astros. Pablo is simply the heart of this team. It's going to be hard to rest these two players down the stretch, even if they are beat up a little bit. The pitching has been there for us, we just need these two guys consistent in the middle of our lineup.

     

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